Your Favorite Season

Our Reader Survey on Your Favorite Season to Get Outside in Arkansas Over the years, I've met and engaged with outdoor enthusiasts from across the country, venues like Interbike (RIP), Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, events like the Leadville 100 mountain bike race or the Pike's Peak Marathon, while floating the Rio Grande near Taos, New Mexico or riding some singletrack in Bend, … [Read more...]

Resolve to be Involved – 2019

Welcome to 2019 everyone. I'm sure everyone has come up with new year resolutions by now. After doing some quick research online it seems that most resolutions involve quitting something or getting something. This is certainly true of those of us who want to improve our health. We want to quit smoking or alcohol or eat less. Others want to be better at a physical activity like running and cycling. … [Read more...]

Arkansas Mountain Biking in Pictures

Last week we posted a video on various social media portals. The video is a compilation of mountain bike photos taken around the state over the past few years. We have watched the gradual growth and change in the trail offerings in the state for over 20 years but recently, it's exploded. Some of the comments on social media included not realizing that the state is as mountainous as it is. We are … [Read more...]

Press Coverage for Events: PR Essentials to Make Your Race a Success

We provide this article as a cry for help from race/event organizers and directors across the state. We have wonderful outdoor events and Arkansas Outside has done it's best to keep up with the growing community that is based around outdoor recreation. Often we find ourselves scouring social media pages to find information on events to share with the outdoor community both in-state and … [Read more...]

Parent Tips: Active Kids Become Healthy Adults, says Bryant Physical Therapist

BRYANT, AR – With child obesity still an epidemic in the U.S. and reams of research showing both the immediate and long-term benefits of youth exercise, it’s the duty of parents today to make movement and activity a part of kids’ lifestyles, says Bryant physical therapist Adam Carson. And the first step in teaching kids to be active, Carson adds, is to be a good role model. “Kids are more … [Read more...]

Petition · John Boozman: Calling on Senator John Boozman to Help Save Our White River Bridge! · Change.org

Imagine cyclists making their way across the state, entering via the Big River Bridge from Memphis, Tennessee and arriving in West Memphis, Arkansas. You'd think the views crossing the Mississippi River to be one of the highpoints of the ride. But miles later, the cyclists reach the White River Bridge at Clarendon, Arkansas. This almost two-mile long route crosses high over the White River and at … [Read more...]

Winning Means Showing Up | Bike

Local trail advocate Bruce Alt, first chair of Central Arkansas Trail Alliance and former Vice President of Government Relations for the International Mountain Bicycling Association spells out what it takes to gain access to public lands. This is important reading for anyone who appreciates trails and public land access. If you hike, run, or ride trails, this is for you. Thanks to Bike … [Read more...]

Five Things the Bike Movement Can Do Now to Move Toward Racial Equity | Center for Social Inclusion

On this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we wanted to look at some ways that we could be more inclusive in outdoor recreation in Arkansas. The world of cycling has some dramatic differences in participation among various racial groups when it comes to recreation vs. transportation. Here we share an article by Simran Noor on ways to help your local bike movement move toward more racial … [Read more...]

Use Fitness Apps in 2018…but Use with Caution, says Bryant Physical Therapist

Here at Arkansas Outside, we enjoy using apps and other technologies to set goals and document our success...and failures. We typically have some sort of Garmin or Fitbit device attached to our arms and bikes and linked to apps in our smartphones for verification of effort, but all things in moderation. Here are some tips on using apps and devices to assist with your goals. (from media … [Read more...]

The Elected Officials Rulebook: Interview with Bruce Alt – Front Lines MTB

An excellent podcast featuring local trail advocate Bruce Alt. Bruce was instrumental in forming Central Arkansas Trail Alliance and went on to work as the Government Affairs Officer for the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Alt is now back in central Arkansas and can be found working on our local trails. Learn about the delicate balance it takes to work with elected officials to … [Read more...]